Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Zionism Today

The nature of Zionism has changed over the years.
In the past, the Zionist ideal may have been fulfilled by moving to a Kibbutz and picking oranges.

Today, Israel doesn't need orange pickers as much as it needs good housing, jobs, and other incentives for people to move here and be proud of the country.

If you want to see how much Zionism has achieved in our generation, look at the cities and towns throughout this beautiful country that were built on barren rocks.

To illustrate this point, I looked up my house in Google Maps,

The amazing thing is, if you look at the satellite image, the image (which is only 2-3 years old), shows barren, undeveloped land:

For those familiar with the area, the houses on the right are Reut, the construction area in the top half of the image is Buchman Tzafon, and the undeveloped area at the bottom is Buchman Darom, including m house.

If you look at it with street names superimposed, you get a better idea:

Hard to believe that the empty space on the corner of Shivtei Yisrael and Ester Hamalka (at the end of Menashe street) is now a fully developed neighbourhood.

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